DESPITE the chilly weather over 150 adults and 70 children turned out for the Earby Christmas lights switch on held at the end of November.

The event was organised by a community group, headed by Kiki de Ville, and Earby Town Council.

Kiki led Christmas carol singing, sweets provided by the Madras given out and after a "countdown", Councillor Morris Horsfield switched the lights on.

The tree burst into life with thousands of twinkling multi coloured lights. It will stay lit until after the New Year.

Humble Pie, who opened especially for the event, served hot chocolate and coffee and mince pies.

"Earby Town Council were delighted to be co-sponsors of the tree alongside the community group," said Earby town councillor Vera Cocker. "We'd also like to announce that this will be a yearly event."